This is one of the fabrics I have selected. Notice the ravelly edge. I could have avoided a lot of this had I made a little cat-ear cut at each of the four corners before laundering. If I have a small piece of fabric, I do not prewash...just because most of it will be lost in the washer and dryer; I just spray starch and press very carefully in an up and down motion so you do not lose the integrity of the straight cut of the fabric. You do not use the motion you use when pressing clothing.
They all neatly starched and ironed. My focus fabric is at the bottom and is a sweet little block print with teddies. This quilt will most likely end up in the community Christmas project.
I placed the folded edge even with a measure line on my cutting board...trying to maintain an even edge and not running kitty rompus
Next, I trim the selvedge off...maintaining the straight integrity...I have placed the width straight on a line on my cutting board...so I will have a perfectly even edge.
I also like to make sure the line that I'm cutting on is at the same measure mark at the beginning as it is at the end of the strip of fabric.
But, in trimming this selvege, do you see what I see...my blade is not working properly...it is dull and did not cut through all the layers. Very carefully, replace the blade. Do pay attention so you make sure you put the whole rotary cutter back together in the proper order. That new blade is very sharp...And, you can have the old one sharpened...inquire at your local quilting shop. I tape up my old blades in the original cardboard and plastic carton. My new package contains 5 blades.
See you in the morning with sewing pictures and Darlene Zimmerman's tip on sewing seams....